Balancing Act

At the foundation of every good golf swing is good balance. Maintain your balance and you can deliver the clubhead to the ball with both speed and accuracy. Lose your balance and your swing loses its tempo, or rhythm, and falls apart.

To find the correct balance, it's essential to know where your weight should be during the swing. Following are three balance checkpoints during the swing, as well as drills to help you feel the correct balance and more solid shots.

ADDRESS

If your weight falls on your toes, the clubhead will tend to start outside the target line. If your weight rests on your heels, the path will tend to be too inside. Neither path is conducive to generating much clubhead speed or consistent contact.

To check your balance at address, simply jump straight up in the air (top left). If you're in balance, you should land comfortably on both feet (top right) without falling forward or backward.

TOP OF SWING

At the top of the backswing, your balance point is over the middle of your right foot. If it is, you should be able to lift your left leg completely off the ground and hold the position to a count of three, without wavering.

FINISH

Your finish helps dictate your swing. Finish in balance and it's a good bet your entire swing was in balance. If you're stumbling at the finish, chances are your rhythm and timing are off, and the shot less than satisfying.

DANCE DRILL


NO PEEK DRILL


Believe it or not, I've seen some great shots with the eyes closed. Why? Because when you're unable to see the flight of the ball, it's much easier to sense any disturbance in balance. You'll know right away if you're swinging the club too fast to control. When your vision is taken away, you begin to sense balance internally.

Try this drill several times, concentrating on maintaining balance. Once you become proficient hitting in the dark, try to maintain the same tempo with your eyes open.

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